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Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is available to women who have had unprotected sex. This includes sex without a condom or sex when a condom has split.

Most people know emergency contraception as the morning after pill but it can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex - although the sooner it is taken the more effective it is.

Even after 72 hours there are still other options available which can be effective up to 5 days after so don't let time put you off going for help.

Emergency contraception pills are available from the following places:

  • High street chemists/Pharmacies 
  • Your doctor*
  • Sexual health clinics*
  • Family planning clinics*

* Other forms of emergency contraception after 72 hours is also available from these places.

You can get more information on emergency contraception including where to get it, from the contraception featured link on the right >

Remember, if you are worried about a pregnancy resulting from unprotected sex you may also be at risk from sexually transmitted infections unless you are 100% sure your partner is not infected.

Find out more about STIs

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